Every Sunday, we publish a week of Cooking Light dinner plans filled with our favorite recipes—both from current issues and classics. Each meal is designed to be ready and on the table in 45 minutes or less so that you have more time to enjoy the food you’ve prepared and the company of those you’ve prepared it for.
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The PlanMonday: Spicy Veggie Hash + Grilled Onion Salad with Lime VinaigretteTuesday: Quick Beef Stroganoff + Sautéed Lemony Brussels SproutsWednesday: Hamburger Steaks with Sweet Onion and Mushrooms + Roasted Cauliflower Mashed PotatoesThursday: Glazed Chicken with Almond Quinoa + Snap Pea and Bell Pepper SautéFriday: Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-FryDessert Bonus: Chocolate-Hazelnut-Banana Finger Sandwiches
Monday: Cumin, cinnamon, and red pepper add warmth to this Peruvian-inspired Spicy Veggie Hash. The perfect finishing touch to the sweet potato hash main dish: our Grilled Onion Salad with Lime Vinaigrette. It may seem entirely too simple, but grilling onions adds loads of flavor.
Tuesday: Make a classic family favorite in a fraction of the time. Best of all, this comforting Quick Beef Stroganoff comes in at less than 400 calories per serving. Sautéing Brussels sprouts with lemon rind gives them a lemony flavor, which makes these Sautéed Lemony Brussels Sprouts a perfect side for the creamy, rich stroganoff.
Wednesday: Hump Day calls for a heaping serving of comfort food. What's better than Hamburger Steaks with Sweet Onion and Mushrooms? Serve these saucy, cheesy patties with a lightened-up take on mashed potatoes. Cauliflower, milk, and butter are combined for these Roasted Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes to create a rich, creamy side.
Thursday: We love the flavor combination of Glazed Chicken with Almond Quinoa. The almonds give the quinoa a nice crunch, and the glaze on the chicken is slightly sweet with a punch. Green and yellow pair nicely together—especially when combined for Snap Pea and Bell Pepper Sauté. The easy side dish comes together super quick.
Friday: Pearled farro is a fine sub for brown rice in this Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry. While hearty, pearled farro isn't a whole grain; unpearled, whole-grain farro cooks in about 30 minutes, so if you have the extra time on this Friday night, opt for the whole grain.
Dessert Bonus: If you're craving chocolate, these gooey delights will do the trick. Treat yourself to Chocolate-Hazelnut-Banana Finger Sandwiches for dessert tonight. You deserve it.
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